In Celebration of the launch of a new magazine
I am posting my inspirations for creating and decorating Vintage style
I would be hard pressed to pinpoint just where my vintage obsession with antiquing, quilting, sewing and crocheting started.
Could it be I got it from my Great Grandmother Mary E Lee, whom I stayed weekends with in Clarksville Indiana, and remember the hum of her sewing machine smack dab in her formal dining room of her vintage home, she always had handmade flannel nightgowns in the drawers of her guest room in all sizes for all her guest to chose from when staying the night. She taught me how to crochet, I walked around for forever practicing the single stitch chain. I still remember the smell of her cellar that she would send me to go get a can of pears, or peaches. She upon her passing had many quilts just completed in her hutch, I was 9 and I received a handmade Sunbonnet Sue Quilt and later in life her Kitchen Prayer Ladies to remember her by.
|Granny Lee's Prayer Ladies I have in my corner cabinet by dining table
Some of my Crocheted bed dolls
Filet Crochet angel, doilie and a barbie bed doll, Granny Lee taught me to crochet.
Another Doll I crocheted
Dolls, Doilies and filet crochet.
After Granny Lee passed my family was devastated, soon afterward we moved from Indiana to California, it was then that I became close to my Gramma Lorine Sharp, whom I spent many weekends going to the beauty shop getting our hair and nails done and then to a few yard sales. Lorine Sharp was a beautiful lady whom always spoke with a lilt to her voice, she never came out of her room without full makeup and jewelry . Her house was decorated in Roses, and she collected antique plates and Glass figurines it was from her that I received some of my most prized antique figurines and plates, my love for rose gardening and my ability to can food. I remember helping her can green beans and her giving me a case of them as payment to wrap and put under the christmas tree each year for my momma.
Lorine Sharp (Gramma Sharp)
some of Gramma Sharp's figurines I inheritied
This Angel Planter was on my Gramma Sharps table for as long as I can remember I inherited it and cherish it!
One of my Doilies with Gramma Sharps figurine, this one reminds me of Gramma Sharp!
Doily I crocheted with Gramma Sharp's soup toureen
|My passion for growing cutting and giving away roses came from Gramma Sharp these are some roses
from my Garden
Or could it be I got my love of all things vintage from my Grammy Faulkner on my fathers side from Maine whom I lived by at a very young age and remember visiting in 1st grade on Christmas holiday. I remember a very spry little woman whom at 4 foot 11 piled her beautiful white locks ontop of her head in a bun and was still almost half the size of m 6 foot 2 Grampy I wish I could have gotten to know both of them better, but I still own the purple and white aphgan she crochet for me at christmas my 8th year. My brother, sisters, and I could not wait to open our christmas box from "Grammy and Grampy" each year as there were always molasses cookies, popcorn balls , and some crocheted mittens and hat sets, or aphgans.
|Grammy and Grampy Faulkner
Antique frame with 1888 Portland Maine Farmhousekeeping Magazine I have this hanging
in sewing room to remind me of my Maine ancestory/relatives.
Lovely vintage mask
This fabric rosette and antique door pull bought the same day also inspired me. I put it on the apron for a tea towel holder, it is of course removable for wash....
Here it is "The Masquerade" my original design. I need a good mannequin to model it! The sides flounce out just a bit like Marie Antoinette,
By Sewing, crocheting, quilting, canning and decorating with a vintage style it somehow makes me feel grounded and closer to my loved ones that have passed. I hope to teach my children and grandchildren some of these skills to carry on to the next generations in order to keep family traditions alive!
I am having a Grand Opening Give Away for my ShantyGirl Etsy shop details in top right corner